Though Haifa’s “tent city” can’t compare to Tel Aviv’s
, it has grown from three tents to about 50. But not only has the number of tents increased – a real culture has sprung up, along with hierarchies and role divisions, and local norms. The infrastructure has expanded to include chemical toilets, an ecological dish washing system, a living “room” and kitchen, and other amenities.
Some of the alternative values that have taken hold at the tent city are reflected in this “free market.” People leave items they no longer want and may take whatever they want (“freecycling”).